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What is LibrarySearch? http://librarysearch.napier.ac.uk

One search gives you fast results from books, e-books, online journal  articles and more. You can also use it to place requests, check if you have fines and renew borrowed items.

LibrarySearch gives you results from our physical Library collections and a huge number of academic databases. It’s a great place to start your search, however it doesn’t contain content from a small number of databases purchased by the library (e.g. EBSCOhost databases are not fully indexed).

See the list of known issues.

What’s in LibrarySearch? 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Help! I can’t find what I am looking for using LibrarySearch?
LibrarySearch does not include all databases purchased by Edinburgh Napier Library, and coverage may be stronger for some subjects than others. See below for more search tips.
For information about the best way to search for your subject, see the Subject Guides prepared by our specialist librarians.
Do I need to log in to search LibrarySearch?
You can search LibrarySearch without logging in.


  • On campus: Log into LibrarySearch if you want to request books, view your Library account, and save searches using My Account.
  • Off campus: Always log in to LibrarySearch for full access to search results.

To log in:

  • Click ‘Sign in’ at the top right, and enter your University login details.

How do I request a book?


• Sign In and then click Get It below the item. Click Request and choose the campus library you want to collect it from.
• Click Request.
An email will be sent to your Edinburgh Napier email account when the item is ready for you to collect at the Library.

How do I renew my books?

• Select Sign in at the top right (log in using your University login details), then My Account.
• You will see the items you have on loan.
• Check the box to the left of the item and Renew Selected to renew a single item, or Renew All. 
I can’t find the article I’m looking for?
To find a specific journal article, select ‘e-Journals’ at the top of the screen, and enter the journal title (i.e. not the title of the article). See Finding Journals for more information. 

If the Library doesn’t own the item you are looking for, you may be able to find it in a local library. If not, we may be able to request a copy from another library for you. 
What should I do if I have too many results?
Searching in LibrarySearch often returns a huge number of results. To help find what you are looking for, try the search tips below:

  • Refine my results
    In your search results, use the options on the left hand side under ‘Refine my Results’ options to limit by subject, publication date, author etc. If this makes your number of search results too small, click on the ‘x’ next to ‘Refined by’ at the top of your search results to remove the limit.
  • Phrase searching
    If you are searching for a particular phrase, enclosing it in quotation marks will search for the words in that particular order, giving you a smaller number of results. e.g. “Global warming”
  • Advanced Search
    Use the advanced search option to find a smaller number of results. You can use the drop down lists to only search within the title or the author name, or to limit your search to a particular publication date.

How do I save articles I have found in LibrarySearch?
Click on the star to the left of the article in your search results and it will turn orange. This means that the item is saved in your e-shelf.

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Click on 'e-Shelf' at the top right to see the items you have saved.
You will need to sign in to save these items for the future. You can also tick the box next to the items and email the details in a list to yourself, print or send them to Endnote Web.

Issues? Questions?
If you are having trouble accessing a resource, email: library@napier.ac.uk.

It will help us to answer your question if you include:

  • Details of the database, ejournal, ebook, or journal article (article and journal title, year, volume and issue numbers);
  • The text of the error message/a screenshot -  press PrtScn (keyboard top row) and paste into your email;
  • Details of how you got to the resource.